The United States is preparing for a war with China, a momentous decision that so far has failed to receive a thorough review from elected officials, namely the White House and Congress. This important change in the United States’ posture toward China has largely been driven by the Pentagon.
There have been other occasions in which the Pentagon has framed key strategic decisions so as to elicit the preferred response from the Commander in Chief and elected representatives.
A recent case in point was when the Pentagon led President Obama to order a high level surge in Afghanistan in 2009, against the advice of the Vice President and the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.
The decision at hand stands out even more prominently because (a) the change in military posture may well lead to an arms race with China, which could culminate in a nuclear war; and (b) the economic condition of the United States requires a reduction in military spending, not a new arms race.
The start of a new term, and with it the appointment of new secretaries of State and Defense, provide an opportunity to review the United States’ China strategy and the military’s role in it.
Let their be no doubt that a future conflict between China and the US is inevitable. China sees itself as the successor to the US as the world’s lone superpower. The US is in declne and has been for years now while China maintains a steady upward climb. China continues to develop weapons quicker than we think they can, they now have an aircraft carrier and plan for several more in the coming years.
Meanwhile sequester is going to shrink our navy, our air force and our standing army. An army that is stretched thin. The US has forces deployed all over the world. That is what an imperial empire does. For every 1 American there are 4 Chinaman. How it will all play out is anyone’s guess. I think the longer the US waits, the more level the playing field. There is more analysis and detail in the actual article in the link above. I suggets you read it. It could be the main front of World War 3. -Mort